Aunt Minerva

We get a last snippet of the 1960s with the next character in Mav‘s request, Aunt Minerva, the deadliest spinster ever. She only appeared in the Legends of the Superheroes tv special, and made quite an appearance in the second episode, escorted by four huge body-builders, seeking to find a sixth husband after the first five ones “mysteriously” died. Portrayed by Ruth Buzzi, her aim is, of course, to chose the “lucky” guy among the many male superheroes present. In the comics, Aunt Minerva is originated in Earth-S, the one that hosts the first adventures of Captain Marvel, and despite looking like a sweet old lady, she’s actually quite naughty. Let’s see together.

Nothing at all is known about the past of Minerva, and even her surname is a mystery, but it’s pretty sure it’d be a curious story to tell. This old woman found herself widowed in her sixties (or even seventies, it’s unclear), but albeit painful, the loss of her beloved husband didn’t break her, quite the opposite: she resolved to take care of herself and make her steps into the wider world. It’s also unclear who her husband actually was and what his job was as well, but considering how proficient Minerva was at fighting and shooting, it’s not unlikely that she had been married to a professional criminal, and had learnt quite a lot during their marriage. In a way or another, she committed herself to become the new mistress of Fawcett City, and she started her conquest campaign by submitting the many criminal gangs that were haunting the city. Quite understandably, any thug she met underestimated her at first sight, but was swiftly dealt with by the unbelievably strong and swift granny. Then, one day, as some thugs had joined forces to finally put an end to her spree, Minerva was rescued by Captain Marvel and Uncle Marvel, from the Marvel Family. Again, in a quite understandable mistake, the two heroes believed her to be a defenseless old lady victim of evil burglars, surely not the other way round. Minerva was smitten by Uncle Marvel in a moment, and decided she wanted him to be her next husband. Also, she wanted to continue her work in conquering the entire city’s criminality, of course. Needless to say, Uncle Marvel wasn’t so inclined, and as soon as the “sweet granny”‘s true nature was clear, even Captain Marvel had something to say about her projects.

Unable to fight at full power an old woman, Captain Marvel had quite some difficulty in dealing with Minerva (who had started to refer to herself as to “Aunt” Minerva, since she wanted to marry Uncle Marvel), but he finally managed to have her arrested, only after providing her with a good spanking. This disciplinary act had quite some counter effect, as Aunt Minerva, admired by Marvel’s strength and mastery, became enamored with him as well. She didn’t stay in prison for long, and she escaped (once again, underestimated by the guards) to head for New York City, but she was once again stopped by Captain Marvel, alerted by WHIZ Radio‘s youngest correspondent Billy Batson. During her following escape, Aunt Minerva met Doctor Sivana, and for once she knew a man she didn’t have any intention to marry. The two, however, were connected by a vengeful feeling against Captain Marvel, so they joined forces to deal with the hero, but failed miserably. She tried once again to force Uncle Marvel to marry her, and for this she was aided by a robust and young thug, Handsome Harry, but once again her attentions were rejected. She finally found an alternative outside the Marvel Family when she joined Doctor Sivana once again, and helped him (who had formed an alliance with Prince Lucifer himself) to kidnap Stanley Printwhistle. As Sivana and Lucifer forced Stanley to turn into Ibac again to fight Captain Marvel, Aunt Minerva fell in love with the champion of evil, and started courting him. This, unfortunately, had the only effect of driving Ibac away, thus destroying the alliance even before they were able to face Captain Marvel. The last time Aunt Minerva was seen, she was helping another old lady in need: Her Highness, an elderly (and inept) thief. Joining forces with her and her helper Silk, Aunt Minerva was skillful enough to land a pivotal hand in dealing with their nemesis, Kid Eternity. And this time, as it was a women only alliance, at least she wouldn’t have ruined everything with her advances.

Aunt Minerva is surprising under any point of view. She’s an evil and violent old lady, but she’s also a romantic at heart, and desperately seeks her one true love that would quell the pain of her widowed heart. She’s unbelievably strong for an old woman, able to submit even the toughest thug around, and she’s deadly quick and precise with any gun. A hurricane of a woman, Aunt Minerva is just as dangerous when she seeks love and when she seeks crime domination, a force of nature who won’t stop in front of anything to get the power she wants… or to find a new husband.



Lucy W. leads us to yet another classic villain from the DC Universe, and this time “classic” applies also to the only live action show the evil Mordru ever appeared in: Legends of the Super-Heroes, the 1979 tv special. In the show, Mordru was portrayed by Gabriel Dell, and in quite an embarrassing performance he sang an “evil version” of That’s Entertainment!. The actual Mordru is much more menacing and cruel, and his evil deeds spread through centuries and millennia…thus creating a lot more problems in an already problematic continuity, but we’ll do our best to put events together in a logic bio.

Mordru’s origins are lost in the dawn of time, and he may very well be just as ancient as time itself. He was a Lord of Chaos, a demigod with an infinite amount of power, devoted to bring chaos and destruction in the multiverse, opposing his natural enemies, the Lords of Order. Mordru in particular was prophesied to survive even the end of the universe, and he lived up to that name, being the only Lord of Chaos to survive the 10th Age of Magic. According to another Lord of Chaos, Child (who’s not exactly trustworthy), Mordru’s true form is the one of a pure energy being originating from the lost world of Cilia, a condition that forced him to use a host to exist in the physical world. His first host was Lord Wrynn, a sorcerer consumed by his own lust for power, and who gave himself to Mordru (almost) willingly. The use of a host allowed him to directly influence the war between Order and Chaos, and he started killing agents from both sides, including Christopher “Kid Eternity” Freeman and Jared “Fate” Stevens, seeking to gain the power of the latter. With his minions, the living mummies Sons of Anubis, he conquered the Tower of Fate, and tried to steal the Artifacts of Fate, but when he failed he tried to possess the son of Hawk and Dove, who was destined to become the universe’s greatest sorcerer. Star-Spangled Kid, however, beat him on time, and had the soulless baby inhabited by the soul of Hector Hall, who would have become the new Doctor Fate. Imprisoned in the Amulet of Anubis, Mordru managed to escape years later after possessing the body of Arion the Sorcerer and, through him, the one of the new Doctor Fate, finally accessing all the power of the Lords of Order. The JSA, however, freed Arion’s soul, thus weakening Mordru and allowing Dr. Fate to take back control: the Lord of Chaos was finally imprisoned in the Rock of Eternity, where he would have remained forever. Maybe.

Mordru would have been a prisoner just as long as the Rock of Eternity stood, so he tricked the wizard Shazam into releasing him, offering his help into stopping the Spectre who, manipulated by Eclipso, had started killing all magic users. Mordru, of course, had other plans, and he destroyed the Rock, then assaulting the Tower of Fate and defeating both the JSA and the Lord of Order Nabu. Mordru was defeated once again when J. J. Thunder had his genie, Thunderbolt, send him “where they would have never seen him again”, moving the evil sorcerer not only in space but also in time. He reappeared only centuries later, in the XXX Century, on the planet Zerox, with a brand new body and more powerful than ever. Zerox was inhabited almost solely by sorcerers, but their power was no match for Mordru, who enslaved them all and imposed himself as the lord of the planet. His host, however, had a daughter, Mysa Nal the White Witch, who escaped from him and founded a resistance. Mordru cast a spell against his daughter, reducing her to a weak and old hag, and then proceeded to conquer the nearby worlds combining is ever-expanding magic with the technology of the planets he annexed to his empire, in an unstoppable combination. Known as the Dark Lord, he had the entire universe live in fear of his arrival, and a few systems escaped his grasp and dared to oppose him. Among these there was the section controlled by the United Planets, firmly and proudly protecting people from his dominion. When Mordru eventually set his sight on Earth once again, he found a new group of costumed fools, the Legion of Super-Heroes, protecting it. The Legion successfully defeated Mordru’s space armada, but when the sorcerer himself stepped into battle, he proved to be more than a match for any hero opposing him. There was no world that could resist his advance.

Mordru is an ancient and malevolent being, a fearful primeval force bent on wreaking havoc and disorder through history. As a Lord of Chaos, he’s an immortal being who disposes of an infinite amount of magic power, that he uses to manipulate time and space, to increase his size and augment his host’s strength, durability, speed and reflexes, to teleport wherever and whenever he wishes, to fly, to possess other living beings, to use telepathy, to regenerate from every wound his host suffers, to shoot powerful bolts of energy and much more. Simply and purely evil, Mordru is a terrifying presence lurking just beyond humans’ perception, an agent of Chaos who’s fighting a personal war against everything and everyone in the universe, and who may very well win it…

Helena Wayne (Huntress)

On with Lucy W.‘s request we meet the Huntress… but not the one we knew in Arrow, rather the original version of the character: Helena Wayne… and the surname should give away whom she’s the daughter of. Helena first appeared in the tv special Legends of the Superheroes portrayed by Barbara Joyce, first as a member of the Justice League of America celebrating the retirement of Scarlet Cyclone, then at the celebrity roast hosted by Ed McMahon. Her more remarkable appearance so far is as the protagonist of the unlucky tv series Birds of Prey: known as Helena Kyle, the young woman portrayed by Ashley Scott is a half-metahuman daughter of Catwoman and Batman. She doesn’t even know who her father is and she grows up with her mother, but when she is killed by the Joker she decides to use her supernatural abilities (mostly feral strenght and agility, and a mild precognition) to become a vigilante along with Oracle and Black Canary, under the tutelage of Alfred. In the comics, this Huntress is first introduced in a “What if…” story, and only exists in Earth-Two, a parallel dimension from the main one. Let’s see together.

Helena Wayne was the daughter of billionaire Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, and she grew up in luxury enjoying the advantages of a wealthy environment. Her parents, however, also imbued her with a strong morality, so that she always thought of her wealth as to a responsibility rather than a privilege. She had a close bond with the family’s butler, Alfred, whom she saw as a second father-figure since he was the one taking care of her anytime her parents were away for work. When she was still a girl, her parents finally revealed to her that they were actually the superhero Batman and the former criminal Catwoman: Helena enthusiastically welcomed the news, and she even started training as an athlete and gymnast under her parents’ tutorship. She even became close friends with Robin, who she now saw as some sort of older brother. Her life was simply perfect… until one night, one of her mother’s old henchmen came back from her past. The man, “Silky” Cernak, blackmailed Selina into coming back to her Catwoman persona and rob Gotham City Civic Center, otherwise he would have given to the press a picture of her as Catwoman murdering a cop. Selina did as she was told, but Batman, called by Commissioner Gordon, intervened to help his wife against Cernak. In the following fight, Catwoman was shot and fell from a roof, later dying in her husband’s arms. Saddened by her mother’s death, Helena was even more shocked to learn why all this had happened: not believing for a moment her mother could have killed someone, not even when she was a criminal, she decided to solve the matter herself. She tailored herself a costume, and she stole some weapons (including her trademark crossbow) from her parents’ arsenal. Alone, she used the skills she had learnt from her parents to track down Cernak, and not only she found him, defeated him and arrested him, but she also made him confess that he had doctored the picture, and that her mother never killed anyone. After leaving Cernak at GCPD Headquarters, having cleansed her mother’s reputation, Helena decided not to renounce to her new identity, and to keep fighting crime as a masked heroine: the Huntress was born.

At first, Huntress joined Robin as Batman’s young assistant, acting mostly as a sidekick. When her father, who was already dying of cancer, was killed in a final battle with the mystic-enhanced Bill Jensen, Helena found herself an orphan, and a heroine without a mentor. She moved from Wayne Manor, preferring an apartment in Gotham City, but she kept protecting the city as Huntress, first alongside Robin only, than together with the reborn Justice Society of America. She briefly joined also Infinity, Inc., a team of second generation heroes, mainly children of the original ones from the JSA. With time, she became best friends with PowergirlSuperman‘s time stranded cousin, but she also deepened her relationship with Robin, even trying to flirt with him for a time. Eventually, she gave up her hopes on Robin and started a relationship with D.A. Harry Sims, a partnership born in crime fighting that evolved into something deeper… until it ended because of Sims’ constant worries about Huntress’ safety, and because of her reluctance in telling him her secret identity. As time passed, however, Huntress felt more and more the lack of a father figure guiding her in her heroic career, so she used the dimensional transporter she found in the old Justice League Satellite to travel to Earth-One, where Batman was still alive and kicking. Huntress introduced herself to her “father”, and much to her disappointment, despite believing her story, the Dark Knight refused to give her any advice, stating she had to learn on her own what being a hero meant; however, he introduced her to Batwoman and Batgirl, giving her a chance to confront her experiences with their own and to learn something from her dimensional trip nevertheless. She was even involved in an adventure of the Bat Family as she helped Batman and the two girls against Poison Ivy and that world’s Catwoman, who was still a villainess. Despite the shock of battling “her mother” alongside “her father”, Huntress learnt a lot from her trip to Earth-One, and she came back to Earth-Two ready to be a heroine her true parents could have been proud of.

Helena Wayne is a good-hearted and good-willed woman, who feels all the pressure of a challenging legacy but who’s more than determined to live up to it. As the Huntress, she doesn’t possess any superhuman ability, but she’s an extremely skilled athlete, gymnast and hand-to-hand combatant, and she possesses a variety of weapons and gadgets going from usual grappling hooks to her father’s notorious Utility Belt, and of course to her mini-crossbow, her signature weapon she’s pretty much infallible with. One of the greatest heroines of Earth-Two, Huntress represents the union of two opposite worlds, a sign of hope for everyone to see that there is no such thing as an irredeemable criminal.

Thaddeus Bodog Sivana

Going on with Lucy W.‘s list we meet another historical DC villain, Dr. Sivana, the nemesis of the Marvel Family. Sivana is one of the oldest DC villains, born in 1940, and he’s pretty much the prototype of mad scientists in comics. As for now, he received only one live action portrayal, in the 1970s tv special Legends of the Superheroes: portrayed by Howard Morris, he debuts alongside an impressive number of villains in a new incarnation of the Legion of Doom, trying to ruin the party for Scarlet Cyclone‘s retirement celebration, and he comes back in the second part to participate to the roast of the superheroes held by Ed McMahon. In the comics, he’s much more menacing than this, and he’s renowned for being the first villain who expressly doesn’t have any problem in killing children (quite a feat at the beginning of comics). He’s one of the few characters who retained at least part of his biography going from Fawcett Comics to DC Comics, so we can reduce his origin stories to two different versions: let’s see together.

Thaddeus Bodog Sivana was born somewhere in Europe in 1892, from an unknown family. Growing up he became one of the most brilliant minds in the world, so ahead of his time that most of his peers believed him to be a visionary. The only one who encouraged him in his discoveries was Venus, his wife, who also gave him four children: Beautia, Magnificus, Georgia and Thaddeus Jr., children who inherited a part of their father’s character each. The scientific community, however, kept mocking him for inventions they simply couldn’t understand, and after the umpteenth refusal Sivana finally snapped: he decided to leave the very planet Earth, sure that humans weren’t worthy of his genius. With a spaceship of his own invention (one of the creations that weren’t supposed to work according to the scientists), Sivana and his family traveled to planet Venus (a homage to his wife), waiting for the moment Earth would have been ready to accept his superior intellect. Venus, however, wasn’t exactly a heaven of a planet, and Sivana’s wife perished there; embittered by his beloved one’s death, Thaddeus blamed Earth’s scientists for everything, and having to fight for his life every day of his life didn’t make things any better. When, some thirty years later, Sivana decided it was time to come back to Earth, he did so with one thing in mind: revenge. In the United States it was 1940, and the planet was engulfed in World War II: the best way Sivana had to obtain his revenge, was to put the country in danger against its enemies. With one of his machines, a radio silencer, he threatened to destroy all radio communications permanently if he wasn’t given $50,000,000. Anyway, there was something else new on the planet, appeared in the time he had been away: superheroes. During his first adventure, Captain Marvel intervened to stop him, vanquished his lackeys and destroyed his machine. From that moment, Sivana included the superhero in the list of the people he wanted to take revenge against, and becoming Captain Marvel’s living nightmare.

The universe was destroyed, recreated and rewritten, and Dr. Sivana along with it: when he was reborn, he did so much time later, in the second half of the XX Century. In this time, Sivana was always a brilliant (and mad) scientist, but he was also a renowned genius, rewarded with success in business and even in politics; also his family made it out to the new reality, but this time his wife Venus divorced him soon after the birth of their fourth child. He lived in Fawcett City, and he was easily one of the world’s richest and most powerful men. Some researches of his evidenced the presence of an ancient power somewhere in Egypt, and he employed renowned archaeologists C. C. and Mary Batson to retrieve what he wanted from an ancient pyramid; he also sent one of his lackeys, Theo Adam, along with the couple, instructing him to kill them as soon as they dig out the ancient power he wanted for himself. Sivana invested quite an amount of money in the expedition, sure that the final prize was worth any sum of money… but something went wrong: the Batsons found what they were meant to, Adam killed them both, but it was the archaeologists’ young son, Billy, the one who obtained the power, becoming the superpowered Captain Marvel (both Adam and Sivana recognised him, as he assumed his late father’s appearance when he turned adult as the hero). Already on the brink of bankrupt for the money he had lost on the expedition, Sivana received the finishing blow by Captain Marvel himself, who confronted him and destroyed his research facilities, ending his financial empire. For Sivana, this meant the beginning of a war, and knowing that his adversary was a ten years old boy didn’t represent a problem for him. With no resources at his disposal, Sivana formed an uneasy alliance with the alien warm Mr. Mind, but his humiliation grew as he was forced to ally himself with Captain Marvel himself to get rid of the parasite. Next, he joined forces with Lex Luthor, a kindred spirit who helped him get back on his feet and to elaborate a plan to utterly destroy the Big Reed Cheese‘s life (that’s how he called Marvel): the war had just begun.

Dr. Thaddeus Sivana is an extremely intelligent and brilliant individual, but also a ruthless and greedy man who only seeks power and dominion. With no superpowers of sort, his incredible intellect gives him advantage against any foe: a skilled inventor and engineer, he can create pretty much everything, from mind-controlling devices to death-ray machines, to his best known and most effective invention, the Unternet, a network system used by criminals all around the world which is completely undetectable and impenetrable by unwanted guests (including the super-hacker Oracle). Bent on a vengeful quest against a world who fails to acknowledge his superiority, Sivana is as dangerous as he is intelligent, a genius who’s devoted his science to utter evil.

Khufu Maat Kha-Tar/Brian Kent/Koenraad Von Grimm/Hannibal Hawkes/James Wright/Carter Hall (Hawkman)

HawkmanA promotional image from Legends of Tomorrow has finally revealed one of the upcoming new heroes: Hawkman, who’ll be portrayed by Falk Hentschel. The character will debut in The Flash, and he’ll later be among the recurring characters in the team-up show (even if the scene will be all for his wife Hawkgirl). This is not Hawkman’s first live action appearance: he was among the heroes present in Legends of the Superheroes, where he was portrayed by Bill Nuckols and had to face an unprecedented threat…his elderly mother. Luckily enough, he received a better portrayal in Smallville, where Michael Shanks played an older verion of the hero mentoring Clark Kent and his friends from the Justice League; Hawkman comes back to action when Icicle starts to kill his old friends from the Justice Society of America, and stays a superhero until he’s killed by Deathstroke. He’s then buried to the side of his beloved wife, waiting to reincarnate once again. Waiting to see what this new portayal of Carter Hall will add to the character, let’s see who the original one is.

During the 19th dynasty, in Ancient Egypt, the wise prince Khufu Maat Kha-Tar was deeply in love with Chay-Ara, his bethroted and later wife. During the reign of pharaoh Ramesses II, a prophecy from the sorcerer Nabu was fulfilled, and the gods sent their charriot from the skies (it was actually an alien ship from planet Thanagar, crashlanding in the desert). After looking for the “charriot” along with Nabu himself and the realm’s champion, Teth-Adam, Khufu finally found it, and after seeing the hawk’s crest on it, he decided to bring it to the Temple of Horus, believing it was sacred to the god. Once in the temple, Khufu started researching the metal the ship was made of (the Nth Metal), and discovered some unique properties of it…first of all, its natural ability to defy gravity. Khufu forged several objects from the unknown alloy, mainly for himself and for his beloved Chay-Ara: he built two armors, equipped with a pair of wings that allowed them both to fly over the skies of Egypt like the gods from the old tales. He also forged weapons, amulets and other tools, always for his wife. The metal also had some invisible effects: it strenghtened the bond between Khufu’s and Chay-Ara’s kas (their souls), and somehow hawkmancomics1“chained” them to Earth, in an infinite cycle of death and rebirth (something they would have learnt ages after). As most pure and true loves, however, even their own attracted the envy and the hatred of lesser men, especially of the evil priest Hath-Set. Jealous of their happiness, and lustful towards Chay-Ara, Hath-Set murdered them both using a knife made of Nth-Metal, and casted a cruel spell on them: wanting to prevent the two lovers to be united again in the future, the priest cursed them to search each other again over the centuries, reincarnation after reincarnation, and when they would have found each other, their happiness wouldn’t have lasted long, since one of the two would have been killed, leaving the other alone until the following rebirth. From that fateful day, Khufu reincarnated many times, always loving his Chay-Ara, always losing her: in the Medieval England, he was the heroic Brian Kent, the Silent Knight, promised to Lady Celia Penbrook; in 14th Century Germany he was the blacksmith Koenraad Von Grimm; two centuries later he was Captain John Smith, a colonist in love with Indian Pocahontas; in the 19th Century United States he was Hannibal “Nighthawk” Hawkes, a vigilante married to his love and “colleague” Katherine “Cinnamon” Manser; the following century he was James Wright, a detective from Pinkerton Agency, in love with nightclub singer Sheila Carr.

From era to era, Khufu and Chay-Ara had to remember their past lives, usually a traumatic experience, and to look for each other around the world, only to witness the other’s death once again. Finally, in modern times, Khufu reincarnated in Carter Hall, an American archaeologist. Carter’s studies brought him to Egypt, working for a scientist named Anton Hastor in the digging of an ancient temple. In his work, Carter was helped by another archaeologist, Shiera Sanders, a woman he was incredibly fascinated by. While exploring the temple, Carter found out it was dedicated to Horus…and that he had already been there many, many years before. Among the artifcats the archaeologists found in the temple there was an ancient dagger made of an unknown metal: hawkmancomics2it was the same one that had killed, millennia before, Khufu and Chay-Ara. Upon touching the Nth-Metal, Carter and Shiera suddenly remembered their past lives…and they were even able to recognize Hastor, who was actually a reincarnated Hath-Set. The evil priest tried to accomplish his vengeance immediately after the two recognised one another, and lured Shiera in his lair. Carter, however, was now aware of his potentialities…and of his weapons: after rietriving Khufu’s armor and mace, he flew to the rescue, and freed Shiera. Together, the reunited couple defeated Hastor, apparently breaking (for the moment…) their infinite curse. Together again, Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders got married shortly after, and driven by their immortal sense of justice, they decided to use Thanagarian weaponry for a right cause…just as they did in the previous lives. In modern times, the two became the superheroes Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and soon after the beginning of their activity as masked heroes they joined other vigilantes founding the Justice Society of America, a supergroup Hawkman became the chairman of. Carter and Shiera also had a son, Hector, who followed their footsteps and became the heroic Silver Scarab; as Hawkman and Hawkgirl, they even joined a new supergroup, the Justice League of America. Carter’s happiness was shadowed only by the certainty that, sooner or later, the curse upon him and his wife would have struck again…

Carter Hall is a man who carries on his shoulders all the wisdom and the pain of dozens of past lives, lives that he always lived as a champion of justice, as a strong, honest and determined man. As Hawkman, his equipment allows him to fly thanks to artificial wings, while his armor grants him superhuman physical attributes (strength, stamina, durability, speed, healing…) and gives him access to the collective knowledge of the Thanagarian people; with the experience of millennia of combat, he’s one of the best armed and unarmed fighters on the planet. His soul is deeply bound to Earth and to the one of his beloved Chay-Ara: the two of them never truly die, but they reincarnate time after time, driven one to another by an immortal, tragic love, that will see them always reunited, but always doomed to witness one the death of the other. Sometimes brutal and violent, but always rightful and heroic, Carter Hall/Khufu has known many ages, many places, many people…but there is always one single constant in his neverening cycle of lives: his everlasting love for his wife.

Mark Mardon (Weather Wizard)

Mark MardonAnd now for the last character appeared (sort of…) in City of Heroes, first episode of The Flash: when Joe West tells David Singh the responsibles for the bank robbery are Clyde and Mark Mardon, he shows him a picture of the two criminals…and that’s everything we have of Mark for now, despite him being one of the most known and popular villains in DC Comics. Since his brother Clyde survived the plane accident and developed the powers that in the comics belong to Mark, it’s likely he’ll show up again as well, taking his rightful mantle as the Weather Wizard. The character already appeared in Legends of the Superheroes portrayed by Jeff Altman: in this version, he’s a member of the Legion of Doom, and along with the rest of the team he crashes the superheroes party and threatens them all with a hidden bomb. He also appeared in the tv movie Justice League of America, even if his name and origin were changed: portrayed by Miguel Ferrer, he was named Dr. Eno, a greedy scientist able to manipulate weather via a special machine; under the alias The Weatherman, he almost destroyed the entire New Metro before being stopped and arrested by the titular team of superheroes. Waiting for him to pop out again in The Flash, let’s see who he is in the comics.

Mark Mardon was born in Central City, and he grew up with his older brother, Clyde. The two, however, couldn’t be more different: as the latter was calm and responsible, the second one was impulsive and selfish. Becoming a young adult, Mark couldn’t help but becoming a small-time criminal, a burglar who continuously came in and out of prison. Finally, police caught him once again, and he was convicted to spend several years in Tri-State Prison, one of the toughest jails weatherwizardcomics1around. Still trying to avoid punishment, Mark used a window to escape from the prison transport, and desperately look for a place to hide: he immediately thought of his brother Clyde, who was at the time living in an isolated house on an island in Big Water Lake. Mark found Clyde, who had become a scientist, in the middle of an experiment, and asked him to hide him: his brother, however, told him he would have done a favor to him by calling the police and allowing him to grow up, and took the phone. Panicking, Mark grabbed the first thing he could in Clyde’s lab, a strange stick which happened to be his brother’s latest experiment, a futuristic device able to manipulate weather (nicknamed the Weather Wand): responding to Mark’s unwilling gesture, the Wand summoned a lihgtning that killed Clyde. Still shocked for his brother’s death, Mark tried to study his notes, from which he understood (more or less) what the Wand was; he also read from Clyde’s diary that he was about to share his discoveries with the world, in order to make it a better place for anybody to live in…and Mark decided it would have become a better place to live in for himself, as a beginning. Understanding the potentialities of the Weather Wand, Mark decided to use it for his crimes, and created a costume to hide his identity and to become a super-thief: the Weather Wizard was born.

First of all, Mardon hunted down the three policemen who had arrested him, looking for revenge. He found and “punished” the first two, but as weatherwizardcomics2he approached the third and last one he was confronted by The Flash, Central City’s new superhero. Flash had guessed the Weather Wizard’s real identity, and had anticipated him understanding his pattern: the two fought, but the hero’s superspeed eventually proved to be superior to Mardon’s still immature ability to control the weather, and the criminal was arrested once again. During his time in prison, Mark had plenty of time to study his brother’s notes, and he finally understood the true functioning of the Wand. His mastership over that technology was such that he became able to replicate it: he broke out of jail with his new Weather Wand, and embarked in a new project. Realising he was thinking in a far too small scale, just using the Wand to summon lightning bolts on his enemies and to fly on wind currents, the Weather Wizard built a Weather Control Station able to amplificate his Wand’s powers, and used it to cast an eternal winter on an entire city, Oakley County in Wyoming, later asking for a huge ransom to free it. Oakley County was just a test, as he planned to build an even bigger Station to imprison the entire United States in his area of influence…but, once again, he was stopped by a speedster, this time Kid Flash, who teamed up with Elongated Man to arrest him. Despite his defeat, the Weather Wizard had now finally understood the full extent of his power, and was ready to use it all, with the help of other villains in the group known as The Rogues, or even by himself, being more than a threat for whoever crossed his path…

Mark Mardon is an intelligent and brilliant man, but also a greedy and unscrupolous one, who uses his many talents for his personal benefit only. With the years, Mardon also proved to be quite unstable, sometimes even depressed, mostly because of his sense of guilt towards his brother’s accidental death. As the Weather Wizard, he uses the Weather Wand to manipulate weather, summoning lightnings, snow storms and even tornados, using strong blasts of wind to fly and levitate, and much more; the Wand is powerful enough also to manipulate Earth‘s magnetic field, but the Wizard seldomly uses his weapon to this extent, perfectly understanding the potential destructive consequences. Intelligent and powerful, the Weather Wizard has fought The Flash and the other members of the Justice League more than once, everytime proving himself a tough opponent, although driven by a personal, weird moral code.